Plant ID forum: Does anyone know what this is and what we do with it?

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May 13, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Hi everyone

We are new to gardening and wondered if someone out there could help us out...

We recently bought and planted these plants but since then they have turned yellow and do not look happy!

Any help much appreciated

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Name: Sue
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May 13, 2017 10:58 AM CST

It's often hard to tell from a photograph but the soil under them looks dry and that could cause the symptoms. Have you been watering them? If so have you watered deeply enough each time to reach the roots?
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May 13, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Where do you live?

Looks like Prunus laurocerasus...cherry laurel.
They look huge to be newly planted.
They will have needed masses of water with all those leaves.
Did you soak them before planting?
Did you give masses of water daily?
May be too late to save them.

In UK they would normally supplied this size ..and you would need to wait for them to grow.see link
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May 14, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Hi silver surfer

We live in east London. We bought them big - we planted them at Easter time.

The gardening centre said they were Portuguese something... I tried to find them on google and thought I had but the suggestion for yellowing of leaves was that the soil was too wet so was purposely not watering them...

Must admit that your image looks bang on so will try watering them for a while and see if that helps

Thanks a lot
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May 14, 2017 9:58 AM CST
It does look like English Laurel/Cherry Laurel, here are links to a couple in our database for comparison:
English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken')

There is also a variety called Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) but leaves are a bit different.
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